The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea's World War II

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Brendan M. Greeley
Texas A&M University Press, 2008 - Art - 227 pages
Few artists saw World War II from as many perspectives as El Paso artist and writer Tom Lea. Commissioned by Life magazine to paint the war as it was being experienced by U.S. and Allied troops, Lea went aboard a Navy destroyer in the North Atlantic to cover the fight against the German U-boats in late 1941; was on the carrier Hornet days before its sinking during the desperate air and sea battles off Guadalcanal in 1942; recorded the struggles of Army Air Forces transport, fighter, and bomber crews in England, North Africa, and China in 1943; and hit the bloody beaches at Peleliu with the assault waves of the 7th Marines in 1944. He was preparing to join forces poised to invade the home islands when the Japanese surrendered in 1945.

In The Two Thousand Yard Stare, Brendan M. Greeley Jr. has collected virtually all of Tom Lea's firsthand written accounts of his assignments for Life, including a previously unpublished diary and letters to fellow Texas writer J. Frank Dobie, along with Lea's powerful sketches and unforgettable paintings. Greeley places them in context, along with photographs and informative details on the people, places, and wartime events encountered by Tom Lea.

Thoroughly documented and filled with telling illustrations, this book will leave a stunning impression on those interested in the realistic depiction of war, in both images and words. Also a must-read for students, scholars, and collectors of Tom Lea's work, The Two Thousand Yard Stare brilliantly captures the artistic skills and spirit of one of America's most compelling painters and writers.

 

Contents

Prelude to War
13
North Atlantic Patrol
19
1942
29
The Wasp the Hornet and the Campaign for Guadalcanal
41
1943
77
Diary of a Hitchhiker on the Back Roads of War
91
1944
165
Peleliu Landing
173
1945
197
Afterword
205
Acknowledgments
209
Notes
213
Bibliography
219
Index
223
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